Veteran’s Day


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Dulce et Decorum Est

Wilfred Owen1893 – 1918

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.

Gas! Gas! Quick, boys!—An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime...
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,—
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.

Hate war, those who served without a doubt hated war too
--remember them.

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40 Responses to Veteran’s Day

  1. Tío Azúcar says:

    My heartfelt gratitude for the sacrifices made by the men and woman in uniform, for our country.

  2. Tío Azúcar says:

    Vets dismayed by VA payback rules on separation pay

    Stephen, a Marine Corps staff sergeant, agreed to leave service a few years ago when the Corps offered him voluntary separation pay in an effort to trim its personnel ranks.

    They gave him about $80,000 to leave, and at the time it seemed like a good deal. The money helped him buy a house in Texas and get started with a job as a financial planner.

    But now the government wants that money back.

    That’s because Stephen, who asked to be identified by his first name only, recently went to the Veterans Affairs Department and secured an 80 percent disability rating for a combination of post-traumatic stress, tinnitus and a jaw problem. The VA said he’s due an $1,800 monthly stipend.
    http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/benefits/veterans/2015/10/18/separation-pay-payback/73925870/

  3. bebe says:

    Hi Jack, no email for the post not even is junk folder.

  4. Jack Charles says:

    Ok I gotta get moving see ya soon.

  5. Thank you.. We need to take care of our vets, and honor our obligations to them…or, we have no honor at all!

  6. waverly says:

    Innumerable thanks to the immense legion of men and women who have served in our country’s military. My own father was a veteran of World War II and his father before him a veteran of World War I. I agree as many before me have stated, we need to do more for our vets today.

  7. Spectre Lizard says:

    We must become completely intolerant of war.

    • Classical Gas says:

      At the very least, can we let the oil companies do their own dirty work? Hiya, Liz!

      • Spectre Lizard says:

        Hi yaz, Kat!

      • waverly says:

        Yes. Let them hire their own mercenaries. Remember Blackwater?

        From wiki –
        Academi is an American security services training company, originally founded in 1997 by former Navy SEAL officer Erik Prince.[2][3] Formerly known as Blackwater,[4] the company was renamed Xe Services in 2009, and then “Academi” in 2011, after being acquired by a group of private investors in 2010.[5] The new investors instituted a board of directors and new senior management, Prince retained the rights to the name Blackwater and has no affiliation with Academi. Blackwater received widespread publicity in 2007, when a group of its employees killed 17 Iraqi civilians and injured 20 in Nisour Square, Baghdad for which four guards were convicted in a U.S. court.[6][7]

        Academi provides security services to the United States federal government on a contractual basis. The Obama administration contracted the group to provide services for the CIA for $250 million.[8] In 2013, Academi subsidiary International Development Solutions received an approximately $92 million contract for State Department security guards.[9]

        In 2014, the company became a division of Constellis Holdings along with Triple Canopy and other security companies that were part of the Constellis Group as the result of an acquisition.[10][11]

  8. Spectre Lizard says:

    Cyborgs save the world!

  9. Spectre Lizard says:

  10. “Per Mare, Per Terram!”

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